We’re edging into strawberry season, which means that in warmer parts of the country those fragrant, ruby-hued berries are popping up at the farmers markets, and pick-your-own operations are finally open for business. In cooler areas, we’re relying on supermarket berries for now, but even those are flavorful and juicy at this time of year.
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If you’re planning a special meal this Mother’s Day, leave dainty fruit cups and low-fat yogurt parfaits off the menu. This Sunday, Mom’s only goal should be relaxation and enjoyment — and that, we believe, starts with a hearty breakfast in bed. Once the lady of the house has awoken (hopefully long after sunrise), load up her breakfast tray with wholesome goodies she can enjoy in big bites and generous forkfuls. Here are some of our most-satisfying breakfast dishes, perfect for a leisurely morning under the covers.
Chocolate-Banana Pancake Breakfast Casserole
A basic shortcake pales in comparison to this decadent breakfast casserole from Food Network Kitchen. The assembly is simple: Start with a layer of fluffy flapjacks, then sprinkle some banana slices and chocolate chips over the top. Don’t forget to douse the whole thing with a sweet and creamy egg mixture, then repeat the layers until your casserole dish is filled to the rim.
A bouquet of flowers will never go out of style, but these fresh, floral spins on Mom’s favorite things will have her feeling all warm and fuzzy on her special day. From flowery cocktails garnished with petals and sprigs to springtime confections that taste just-bloomed after baking, any one of these special treats will prove the perfect companion for your Mother’s Day brunch.
You’d better be extra-sweet to Mom on Mother’s Day, and baking her this pretty-in-pink cake is one festive way to do it. Anne Burrell’s Victorian Rose Geranium Cake for Food Network Magazine is imbued with the essence of real rose geranium leaves, both in the pink-tinged frosting and in the cake itself.
We’re certainly not suggesting that you tell the kids to put the brakes on hand-delivered breakfast in bed this year. But when was the last time you made exactly what you wanted, and just plain had fun whipping it up? We thought so. Treat yourself to one of these friendly, tasty dishes this Mother’s Day — it’s up to you whether you share it with the family or not (aw, we know you will!).
This batch is just a little bit more enticing than the faded, dateless box of pancake mix hiding in your pantry, don’t you think?
Silky mashed potatoes, pulverized peas and more smooth sides spell out pure comfort, and it’s no wonder why these stick-to-your-ribs instances of mashed glory line our holiday tables year after year. Really anyone can eat them (we mean it, even babies can), but just because you can mash something to a different state of matter, doesn’t mean you always should. Before obliterating your veggies beyond recognition, those who dig more texture in their food should exercise some restraint and adopt a chunkier approach: what we like to call the “smash.” And we’ve got the most-smashing ways to do it right here.
Pounding and pureeing and ricing potatoes works when your side of mashed will hold a lake of gravy, but going the smashed route imparts the root veggie side with a whole lot more character. Rachael Ray doesn’t get carried away with the mashing of her Cheesy Smashed Potatoes, which are loaded with cheddar, sour cream and chives for the ultimate year-round side.
If you’ve been looking forward to Cinco de Mayo since last May 6, we suggest you go big (or, er, go home?) this year. It’s likely you’ve already planned after-work margaritas and tacos, but don’t miss out on the perfect occasion to grab Mexican flavors for breakfast, snack time and dessert, too.
Huevos Rancheros (above)
This classic zesty dish subscribes to a cooking notion we’ll always agree with: Put an egg on it.
With Cinco de Mayo just one day away, we’re already busy chopping cilantro and chiles for our favorite salsas and guacamoles to serve with big bowls of crisp, salty tortilla chips. But when it comes to the drinks menu, there are too many craveable Mexican-inspired cocktails to pick just one. From tart margaritas to fruity aguas frescas and spicy eye-openers like the michelada, Mexico’s many drinks are as vivid, flavorful and satisfying as the foods they accompany. Here are some of our favorite Mexican and Mexican-inspired refreshers for your Cinco celebration.
No tricks here — just the staples of a classic margarita: Tequila, lime juice, orange-flavored liqueur, salt and sugar. Add a touch of homemade simple syrup if you like yours on the sweeter side.
Mother’s Day comes once a year and we (the moms) love it. It’s our day to get pampered and appreciated; we’re treated like queens. It’s the one morning per year that we’re given undisputed permission to sleep in. We revel in it. That said, we want to help you (and ourselves) get the very most out of this special holiday. You may think that cooking us breakfast or a sweet treat is a good move, and we wholeheartedly agree that it is, but we have a few tips. When cooking for Mom, follow these seven rules to make this the sweetest Mother’s Day yet.
You’ve bought all the tortillas you’ll need for the tacos and enchiladas, and you’ve readied the blender for frosty margaritas. But have you considered what to offer in your spread of starters? Look no further than this collection of party-ready dips ideal for Cinco de Mayo (or any other bash), complete with both classic and creative picks like creamy queso, tangy salsa and even something sweet.
Chile con Queso
The Pioneer Woman bulks up the tried-and-true chile-laced cheese dip with crumbled sausage for meaty, comforting heft.
What is a tortilla chip but a mere vessel for delivering ample amounts of seasoned meat and melted cheese to our mouths? If you don’t care for tortilla chips — or can’t eat them, perhaps due to a corn allergy — that doesn’t mean nachos are out of bounds. We’ve expanded our definition of nachos by applying popular topping combinations, such as meat, cheese, avocado and salsa, to other foods — think baked sweet potatoes, crunchy sweet peppers and more. Purists will balk at the suggestion of nachos sans corn chips, but try these no-chip recipes and you’ll find that the best part is the toppings.
We invite anyone who believes you can’t have nachos without tortilla chips to try Food Network Kitchen’s cheesy Zucchini Fry Nachos. The crisp fried zucchini offers a juicy quality that you can’t get from corn chips. For toppings, we recommend diced shredded cheese, avocado, lime juice and pickled jalapenos for the right balance of fresh and comforting flavor.